CS1 07-Feb-2018 to 13-Feb-2018

Lesson Name:

Women Pioneers in Computer Science

TEKS – §126.33 (Computer Science 1):

  • c.1 – Creativity and innovation. The student develops products and generates new understandings by extending existing knowledge. The student is expected to:
  • c.1.C – participate in relevant, meaningful activities in the larger community and society to create electronic projects.
  • c.5 – Digital citizenship. The student explores and understands safety, legal, cultural, and societal issues relating to the use of technology and information. The student is expected to:
  • c.5.E – investigate how technology has changed and the social and ethical ramifications of computer usage.

Lesson Objectives:

  1. The student will be able to identify key women pioneers in the field of Computer Science
  2. The student will be able to identify the contributions of women pioneers in the field of Computer Science

Materials Needed:

  1. Group Assignments
  2. Pioneers Assigned to Research

Description of Lesson:

Students will be assigned to groups and each group will be assigned a woman pioneer in Computer Science to research.

Each group will have two (2) full class sessions to develop a presentation about their assigned pioneer.

The presentation can be in any media the group chooses (PowerPoint, song, round table discussion, Socratic seminar, etc…). The presentations will be conducted on the 3rd day of the project.

Grade(s):

  • Major Grade – Project Presentation

CS1 26-Jan-2018 to 05-Feb-2018

Lesson Name:

Iterative Loops Project in Python

TEKS – §126.33 (Computer Science 1):

  • c.2 – Communication and collaboration. The student communicates and collaborates with peers to contribute to his or her own learning and the learning of others. The student is expected to:
  • c.2.A – create and properly display meaningful output
  • c.2.D – write programs with proper programming style to enhance the readability and functionality of the code by using meaningful descriptive identifiers, internal comments, white space, spacing, indentation, and a standardized program style
  • c.4 – Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. The student uses appropriate strategies to analyze problems and design algorithms. The student is expected to:
  • c.4.E – identify reusable components from existing code
  • c.4.H – identify and debug errors
  • c.4.I – test program solutions with appropriate valid and invalid test data for correctness
  • c.4.J – debug and solve problems using error messages, reference materials, language documentation, and effective strategies
  • c.4.U – demonstrate proficiency in the use of the relational operators
  • c.4.V – demonstrate proficiency in the use of the logical operators
  • c.6 – Technology operations, systems, and concepts. The student understands technology concepts, systems, and operations as they apply to computer science. The student is expected to:
  • c.6.O – choose, identify, and use the appropriate data types for integer, real, and Boolean data when writing program solutions
  • c.6.P – demonstrate an understanding of the concept of a variable
  • c.6.V – compare and contrast strongly typed and un-typed programming languages

Lesson Objectives:

  1. The student will demonstrate mastery of for loop programming in Python.
  2. The student will demonstrate mastery of do loop programming in Python.
  3. The student will demonstrate mastery of do while loop programming in Python.

Materials Needed:

  1. Repl.it Access

Description of Lesson:

Students will be given 5 different problems to solve involving iterative loops. Students will be given 5 class periods to develop a solution to each of the given problems.

Grade(s):

  • Minor Grade – Solution to Problem 1 (50%) & Solution to Problem 4 (50%)
  • Major Grade – Solution to Problem 2 (33%), Solution to Problem 3 (33%), & Solution to Problem 5 (33%)

CS1 24-Jan-2018

Lesson Name:

Programming Iterative Loops in Python

TEKS – §126.33 (Computer Science 1):

  • c.2 – Communication and collaboration. The student communicates and collaborates with peers to contribute to his or her own learning and the learning of others. The student is expected to:
  • c.2.A – create and properly display meaningful output
  • c.2.D – write programs with proper programming style to enhance the readability and functionality of the code by using meaningful descriptive identifiers, internal comments, white space, spacing, indentation, and a standardized program style
  • c.4 – Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. The student uses appropriate strategies to analyze problems and design algorithms. The student is expected to:
  • c.4.E – identify reusable components from existing code
  • c.4.H – identify and debug errors
  • c.4.I – test program solutions with appropriate valid and invalid test data for correctness
  • c.4.J – debug and solve problems using error messages, reference materials, language documentation, and effective strategies
  • c.4.U – demonstrate proficiency in the use of the relational operators
  • c.4.V – demonstrate proficiency in the use of the logical operators
  • c.6 – Technology operations, systems, and concepts. The student understands technology concepts, systems, and operations as they apply to computer science. The student is expected to:
  • c.6.O – choose, identify, and use the appropriate data types for integer, real, and Boolean data when writing program solutions
  • c.6.P – demonstrate an understanding of the concept of a variable
  • c.6.V – compare and contrast strongly typed and un-typed programming languages

Lesson Objectives:

  1. The student will demonstrate mastery of for loop programming in Python.
  2. The student will demonstrate mastery of do loop programming in Python.
  3. The student will demonstrate mastery of do while loop programming in Python.

Materials Needed:

  1. Repl.it Access

Description of Lesson:

Students will cover hands-on how to create a for, do, and do while loop in Python. Further discussion on benefits and pitfalls of each iterative looping structure will be discussed.

Grade(s):

  • Daily Grade – Guided Practice Lesson File

CS1 22-Jan-2018

Lesson Name:

Iterative Loops – Hands-On

TEKS – §126.33 (Computer Science 1):

  • c.4 – Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. The student uses appropriate strategies to analyze problems and design algorithms. The student is expected to:
  • c.4.U – demonstrate proficiency in the use of the relational operators
  • c.4.V – demonstrate proficiency in the use of the logical operators

Lesson Objectives:

  1. The student will demonstrate an understanding of the three main iterative looping structures (do, do while, and for).

Materials Needed:

  1. Worksheets – 2018-01-22 – Hands-On with Iterative Loops

Description of Lesson:

Students will be given a list of physical instructions to repeat in an iterative pattern in a do, do while, and for loop. Students will perform the physical tasks the number of times the iterative instructions provide.

Students will then complete a worksheet using Python to solve for given iterative mathematical problems enclosed in various loop structures.

Grade(s):

  • Daily Grade – Participation in Physical Iterative Loops
  • Daily Grade – Iterative Mathematical Problems

CS1 16-Jan-2018

Lesson Name:

Casting Variables in Python

TEKS – §126.33 (Computer Science 1):

  • c.2 – Communication and collaboration. The student communicates and collaborates with peers to contribute to his or her own learning and the learning of others. The student is expected to:
  • c.2.A – create and properly display meaningful output
  • c.2.D – write programs with proper programming style to enhance the readability and functionality of the code by using meaningful descriptive identifiers, internal comments, white space, spacing, indentation, and a standardized program style
  • c.4 – Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. The student uses appropriate strategies to analyze problems and design algorithms. The student is expected to:
  • c.4.E – identify reusable components from existing code
  • c.4.H – identify and debug errors
  • c.4.I – test program solutions with appropriate valid and invalid test data for correctness
  • c.4.J – debug and solve problems using error messages, reference materials, language documentation, and effective strategies
  • c.6 – Technology operations, systems, and concepts. The student understands technology concepts, systems, and operations as they apply to computer science. The student is expected to:
  • c.6.O – choose, identify, and use the appropriate data types for integer, real, and Boolean data when writing program solutions
  • c.6.P – demonstrate an understanding of the concept of a variable
  • c.6.V – compare and contrast strongly typed and un-typed programming languages

Lesson Objectives:

  1. The student will demonstrate mastery of casting variables as strings in Python.
  2. The student will demonstrate mastery of working with strings and substrings in Python.

Materials Needed:

  1. Repl.it Access

Description of Lesson:

Students will cover hands-on how to cast basic variables in Python and when casting may be necessary.

Grade(s):

  • Daily Grade – Guided Practice Lesson File

CS1 11-Jan-2018

Lesson Name:

Variables in Python

TEKS – §126.33 (Computer Science 1):

  • c.2 – Communication and collaboration. The student communicates and collaborates with peers to contribute to his or her own learning and the learning of others. The student is expected to:
  • c.2.A – create and properly display meaningful output
  • c.2.D – write programs with proper programming style to enhance the readability and functionality of the code by using meaningful descriptive identifiers, internal comments, white space, spacing, indentation, and a standardized program style
  • c.4 – Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. The student uses appropriate strategies to analyze problems and design algorithms. The student is expected to:
  • c.4.E – identify reusable components from existing code
  • c.4.H – identify and debug errors
  • c.4.I – test program solutions with appropriate valid and invalid test data for correctness
  • c.4.J – debug and solve problems using error messages, reference materials, language documentation, and effective strategies
  • c.6 – Technology operations, systems, and concepts. The student understands technology concepts, systems, and operations as they apply to computer science. The student is expected to:
  • c.6.O – choose, identify, and use the appropriate data types for integer, real, and Boolean data when writing program solutions
  • c.6.P – demonstrate an understanding of the concept of a variable
  • c.6.V – compare and contrast strongly typed and un-typed programming languages

Lesson Objectives:

  1. The student will demonstrate mastery of the integer, string, and floating variables.
  2. The student will create a basic program that utilizes each of the covered variable types.

Materials Needed:

  1. Repl.it Access

Description of Lesson:

Students will cover hands-on how to create a basic application in Python that utilizes integer, float, and string variables.

Students will create their own application in Python that utilizes integer, float, and string variables correctly.

Grade(s):

  • Daily Grade – Guided Practice Lesson File (50%) & Independent Practice File (50%)

CS1 09-Jan-2018

Lesson Name:

Introduction to Repl.it and Python

TEKS – §126.33 (Computer Science 1):

  • c.2 – Communication and collaboration. The student communicates and collaborates with peers to contribute to his or her own learning and the learning of others. The student is expected to:
  • c.2.A – create and properly display meaningful output
  • c.2.D – write programs with proper programming style to enhance the readability and functionality of the code by using meaningful descriptive identifiers, internal comments, white space, spacing, indentation, and a standardized program style
  • c.4 – Critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. The student uses appropriate strategies to analyze problems and design algorithms. The student is expected to:
  • c.4.E – identify reusable components from existing code
  • c.4.H – identify and debug errors
  • c.4.I – test program solutions with appropriate valid and invalid test data for correctness
  • c.4.J – debug and solve problems using error messages, reference materials, language documentation, and effective strategies
  • c.6 – Technology operations, systems, and concepts. The student understands technology concepts, systems, and operations as they apply to computer science. The student is expected to:
  • c.6.V – compare and contrast strongly typed and un-typed programming languages

Lesson Objectives:

  1. The student will be able to create a functional user account on repl.it and join the Computer Science 1 on repl.it.
  2. The student will be able to create a basic literal output application in Python of “Hello World”.
  3. The student will be able to create a basic literal output application in Scratch of “Hello World”
  4. The student will compare and contrast the process and output of “Hello World” in both programming languages.

Materials Needed:

  1. Repl.it Access
  2. Scratch Access

Description of Lesson:

Students will create user accounts on repl.it for programming in Python. Students will join the Computer Science 1 class on repl.it. Students will then create a basic literal Python output program. while also creating the same program in Scratch. Students will create “Hello World” and compare and contrast in both programs.

Grade(s):

  • Daily Grade – Creation of Repl.it Account and Joining Class
  • Quiz Grade – Compare and Contrast Hello World in both Scratch and Python

Computer Science 1 S&S

At the conclusion of last school year, I had a curve-ball thrown at me concerning my plans to offer AP Computer Science 1 based upon the UTeach Computer Science Principles course which I attended the APSI for in the Summer of 2016. This course would align with the AP Computer Science – Principles Exam. In addition, the course would count as a Language Other Than English (LOTE) credit for our students.

Well, the State of Texas had other plans on that. According to TEA, Computer Science 1 can count as an AP credit OR a LOTE credit, but NOT both.

As we already have HB-5 students in progress that need CS1 as a LOTE credit, we have elected to drop the AP designation. However, I am still modeling the course after the AP CS1 curriculum from UTeach CS Principles, which will allow the students to be prepared to take the AP Computer Science – Principles exam at the conclusion of the year, if they would like.

Here is what I am planning to cover in CS1 this year:

  • Week 1
    • Structured Programming Languages
  • Weeks 2 – 4
    • Linear Programming in Scratch
  • Week 5
    • Boolean Logic Operators in Scratch
  • Week 6
    • Conditional Programming in Scratch
  • Weeks 7 – 9
    • Non-Linear Programming in Scratch
  • Weeks 10 – 12
    • Iterative Structures & Loops in Scratch
  • Weeks 13 – 16
    • Game Design Projects (AP Explore Artifact)
  • Week 17
    • Fall Semester Exam
  • Week 18
    • Women in Computer Science Research Project
  • Week 19
    • Basic Output and Variables in Python
  • Week 20
    • Casting Variables in Python
  • Weeks 21 – 23
    • Iterative Structures & Loops in Python
  • Weeks 24 – 26
    • Iterative Structures & Loops in Python Project
  • Week 27
    • Data Structures: Stacks in Python
  • Week 28
    • Data Structures: Arrays in Python
  • Week 29
    • Data Manipulation in Python
  • Weeks 30 – 31
    • Data Structures Project
  • Weeks 32 – 35
    • Digital Artwork (AP Performance Artifact)
  • Week 36
    • Spring Semester Exam